Grey Sox rout Mad Frogs of Menno 18-8 in Vermillion

Grey Sox rout Mad Frogs of Menno 18-8 in Vermillion by Steven Thum The Vermillion Grey Sox notched an impressive win over the defending South Central League champions, the Menno Mad Frogs, 18-8 on Friday night at Prentis Park.

After a scoreless first inning, which saw both teams load the bases, yet not score, the runs came aplenty in the second frame.

Menno got a three run homer from Vance Winter to take the lead. But the Grey Sox came back with five runs in the bottom half of the second. Aaron Baedke delivered a two-RBI single, and Ryan Baedke smashed an RBI double to key the rally. Menno starter Steve Erickson hurt his cause by walking two and hitting a batter.

The Grey Sox chased Erickson in the bottom of the third. The Menno starter got the first batter out, but then the next six men reached base on three walks and three singles. Aaron Baedke's second two-RBI single of the game was the key hit, and Erickson was replaced by Jeff Liebl on the hill. Ryan Baedke and Jason Dietrich both had two-out run scoring singles to make it 11-3 before the smoke cleared.

Menno rallied for a big inning in the fourth. Four runs would score. Again Winter had the big hit for the Mad Frogs, a two-RBI double. Two Grey Sox errors contributed to the rally.

Brett Mockler led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer to make it 12-7. Ryan Baedke hit a two-run homer in the fifth to extend the lead.

Meanwhile, Ryan Baedke, the starting pitcher for the Grey Sox, shut down the Menno bats. He allowed just one run over the last three innings he pitched.

The Grey Sox got another run in the sixth as Eric Holoch's sacrifice fly plated Shane Powell, who led off the inning with a double, then went to third on a single by Rex Kinnear.

The Grey Sox got the needed runs to win by the mercy rule in the bottom of the seventh as Nick Mayer walked to lead off. Ryan Baedke singled next, and Jason Dietrich followed with a double that scored Mayer. Nick Sharp hit into a fielder's choice, but Brett Guthmiller at third base could not handle the throw to cut down the lead runner, and Ryan Baedke scored on the play. Mockler ended the game with a long single to right center as Dietrich scored to make it 18-8.

Ryan Baedke went the distance on the hill for the Grey Sox, and had four hits with four RBIs. Aaron Baedke drove in four runs with his two singles. Eric Holoch collected two singles and three RBIs. Brett Mockler drove in two runs with a homer and a single. Nick Mayer doubled, and reached base on an error, walk, hit by pitch, and scored three runs.

Vance Winter homered, doubled, and had six RBIs on the night for Menno. Roger Guthmiller scored three times. Brian Van Driel garnered three hits and scored twice.

The Grey Sox enter the District 7B tournament as the number five seed, and will play Akron on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Prentis Park. They will play the second round on Sunday in Vermillion. The remaining games of the tournament will be played in Larchwood. The top five teams from District 7B will qualify for the State B Amateur Tournament to be played in Mitchell.

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